Paraffin Wax Therapy Contraindications, Benefits, warning

Paraffin Wax Therapy Contraindications
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Paraffin Wax Therapy Contraindications/Paraffin wax baths or melted paraffin with a small amount of mineral oil (seven parts paraffin, one part mineral oil) are other common forms of superficial thermotherapy. A paraffin bath is another form of conductive heating. Paraffin baths are particularly useful for contractures due to rheumatoid arthritis, burns, and progressive systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Paraffin is usually applied to the hands, arms, and feet. Higher temperature (55° C) is tolerable without danger of burning the tissue when using paraffin as compared to water, (42° C to 45° C) because the specific heat is one-half that of water and solid paraffin forms a protective and insulating coat over the skin. For therapeutic purposes, the paraffin bath is maintained at the melting point of 51.7° C to 54.4° C in an insulated, thermostatically controlled container.

Indications of Paraffin Wax Baths

Paraffin Wax Baths

Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with:

  • Osteoarthritis of hand and feet
  • Rheumatoid arthritis of upper and lower extremities
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple joints pain
  • Morning stiffness
  • Post-burn scar or spasticity
  • Stroke rehabilitation,
  • Planter facilities
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Post-traumatic ankle sprain or strain
  • Other joint mobility issues or immobile joint
  • Post-traumatic fracture stiffness.
  • Trigger finger
  • Steroids induce arthritis
  • Pain and muscle spasm
  • Edema and inflammation.
  • Adhesion formation
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Paresthesia, itching, numbness of hand & feet
  • Mobile thumb or Texting thumb
  • Dequervain tendinopathy
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Paraffin Wax Therapy Contraindications

  • Tissues previously treated with deep X-ray or radiation
  • Tuberculosis (local)
  • Damaged or at-risk skin, i.e. skin rash, eczema
  • Anesthetic areas
  • Excitable tissue,
  • Around the eyes, breasts, or sexual organs
  • Over fractured bones
  • Near or over an implanted electrical stimulation device
  • Women who are pregnant should consult their physician before beginning light therapy treatments.
  • Clients with epilepsy should consult their physician before beginning light therapy treatments.
  • You must wait five days after Botox or cosmetic fillers.
  • Some thyroid conditions.
  • Tuberculosis
  • People with a history of skin cancer
  • Systemic Lupus erythematosus should also avoid this kind of treatment.
  • The use of photosensitizing medications (i.e. lithium, melatonin, phenothiazine antipsychotics, and certain antibiotics).
  • Acute inflammation
  • Infected open wound
  • Malignant tissue
  • Severe/excessive edema
  • Metallic implant
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Over wet dressing
  • Unreliable patient
  • Impaired thermal sensation

Benefits of Paraffin Wax Therapy

During three subsequent months three treatment sessions per week were performeds

  • Paraffin was applied for 20 min prior to manual therapy or together with pegboard work [12].
  • Manual Therapy. Mobilization of all joints with the restricted movement was performed over 45 min according to the Kaltenborn technique,
  • Two or three patient can be treated at a time.
  • May be applied which patient of poor or heat tolerance.
  • Use for dry scaly skin after removal of Plaster of Paris following fracture
  • Wax is a self-insulating. After removal of wax, the part cools quickly.
  • After removal of wax, the part cools quickly. This can be carried to the house and may be useful for the chronic sufferers
  • Mobilization of superior and inferior radioulnar joints by applying dorsal and palmar sliding movements of the radius on ulna (to increase supination and pronation of the forearm).
  • Dorsal and palmar sliding mobilization of carpus on the radius and of capitate on lunate, and mobilization of the scaphoid, pisiform and triquetrum (to gain wrist extension and flexion);
  • Radial and ulnar sliding mobilization of carpus respect on the radius (to gain wrist abduction and adduction);
  • Dorsal and palmar sliding mobilization of each metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joint (to gain extension and flexion);
  • Use for dry scaly skin after removal of Plaster of Paris following fracture
  • Wax is a self-insulating. After removal of wax, the part cools quickly.
  • After removal of wax, the part cools quickly. This can be carried to the house and may be useful for the chronic sufferers.
  • Radial and ulnar, and dorsal and palmar sliding movements of first metacarpus (to gain flexion-extension and abduction-adduction r.o.m., respectively, of the thumb carpometacarpal joint;
  • To improve thumb mobility, relieving massage was performed as coadjutant therapy in the first dorsal interosseous and adductor pollicis.
  • The remaining time was spent in pegboard work and in the preparation and progressive adjustment of splints.
  • Pegboard. Pegboard work was used as a mechanotherapy tool in order to shape the joint and tendon adhesions by active sliding tendon postures and passive joint postures.
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